Court docket sentence policeman to 7 years in jail for manslaughter

A Particular Offences Court docket in Ikeja, on Wednesday, sentenced a dismissed police sergeant, Ologunowa Ojo, to seven years imprisonment for by accident capturing a 45-year-old man, Taiye Akande to loss of life along with his Ak47 gun.

The prosecution led by O. A Bajulaiye-Bishi, whereas presenting the case advised the court docket that Ojo who was connected to the Particular Safety Unit, Ikeja, Lagos dedicated the offence at 7.30pm on Feb. 3, 2016 whereas on guard obligation at Frajend Funding Nigeria Restricted, Shapati Akodo, Ajah, Lagos.

She mentioned that Ojo shot the deceased within the buttocks throughout an argument.

“Akande was rushed to the Akodo Basic Hospital, Akodo, Ajah the place he later died,” Bajulaiye-Bishi mentioned.

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The accused whereas testifying in his defence advised the court docket that he had no intention to kill Akande.

In response to him, whereas he was on obligation, he approached some people who have been sitting on the corporate’s fence and advised them to maneuver away from the fence.

“Some individuals got here down whereas others didn’t, I acquired into an argument with a few of them, I cocked my rifle and it by accident went off.

“I by no means meant for the sufferer to die,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo in her ruling sentenced him after discovering him responsible of manslaughter opposite to the provisions of Part 224 of the Legal Regulation of Lagos 2015.

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The Justice held that there have been many incidents of extrajudicial killings by the police underneath the guise of unintentional discharge.

She additionally famous that the sentence ought to function a deterrent to erring officers of the regulation.

“The defendant acted with gross negligence and recklessness with out regards for human life.

“In accordance with Part 315 of the Administration of Legal Justice Regulation 2015, I’ll consider the time he has spent in jail custody which is a yr and three months (February 2016 to Might 2017).

“The time spent in custody (a yr and three months) shall be deducted from the sentence.

“That is the judgment of the court docket,” she mentioned.

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